Capiz Registers 1,711 BPAT Agents
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, (Nov. 11) -- The Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) has registered 1,711 Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) agents as of Nov. 4 this year.
However, additional BPAT agents are expected as organization of the force multipliers in the crime prevention implementation is underway province-wide.
“These agents served as assistants to our police officers assigned as crowd and traffic controllers last All Souls and All Saints Days,” said CPPO Public Information Officer SPO1 Donna Asmod.
She added that BPATs also report potential peace and order problems to village or police officials.
Police Regional Office (PRO) – 6 director C/Supt. Cipriano E. Querol, Jr. has directed CPPO and other Provincial Police Offices in the region to utilize BPATs during the recent celebration.
The region’s top cop is a advocating for the organization of BPATs to make the region a better place to visit, live, work and invest in.
In a local radio interview last September, Querol said that there are about 38,000 BPAT members that have been accounted for by PRO – 6 in Western Visayas.
The CPPO has replicated the strategy for BPAT organization in municipalities to ensure that the barangays must organize their respective BPAT.
The strategy is a unique version of community-oriented policing system and a way of strengthening police-community partnership.
Each BPAT is composed of volunteer-members coming from various sectors in the community such as barangay tanods, school groups, Sangguniang Kabataan, barangay officials, and other people’s organizations in the barangays.
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